Craft store donates camp site to university

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rsity was presented with the deed to Tahquitz Pines Camp in Idyllwild, Calif., on Aug. 26.

Valued at $5.65 million, Tahquitz Pines Camp is the largest gift CBU has ever received in its 63 years of operation.

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. presented this donation to CBU with the intent that it be used to spread the gospel and further the work of the university.

Les S. Smith, real estate analyst for Hobby Lobby, said the company operates as a faith-based organization. The Green family, the owners of the corporation, want to use their many resources to bless ministries, Smith said.

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, University president, was quoted in a press release, saying, “We are extremely grateful to Hobby Lobby Stores and reminded of the Scripture that states, ‘Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above…’ (James 1:17 NASB).”

CBU has managed Tahquitz Pines Camp for the past year, using it for Christian camps and retreats.

The property became available for purchase and the Hobby Lobby Stores organization felt that CBU was a good contender because they were familiar with the university and the Lord’s ministry at work, Smith said.

There are no determined plans concerning the future of Tahquitz Pines Camp.

For now CBU continues to manage the facility as a Christian camp and retreat center.

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